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The Stages of Lipedema

Lipedema Stages

There are a total of 4 stages of lipedema. As each stage goes on, you may seem to notice more pain, tenderness, swelling, and fat accumulation. Each stage is based on the location of fat build up, and body shape during that stage.

What is Lipedema?

Lipedema is a disorder generally affecting the legs, causing them to accumulate fatty tissue. In some cases the arms can be affected, but the hands and feet are not. Unlike the typical fat of obesity, diet and exercise will not burn away lipedema fat. Lipedema occurs almost exclusively in women, and can affect women of all sizes, from seriously underweight to morbidly obese.


The Stages of Lipedema

Stage 1

You have smooth skin with an increase of fat around the following:

Stage 2

You have uneven skin with indentations in the fat tissue as well as larger fat tissue in those same areas (lipomas).

Stage 3

You experience large fat extrusions causing deformations, especially in the thigh and knee areas.

Stage 4

Secondary Lymphedema occurs, also known as lipo-lymphedema. This is a condition caused by the swelling of soft tissues in which an excessive amount of lymph has accumulated. In the early stages of lipedema, the lymphatic system can function with no problems. However, once there is too much fat tissue, pressure exerts onto the lymphatic system, impairing lymph transport and congesting lymph fluids.


If you have lipedema and are interested in seeking treatment, contact NYC Surgical Associates today.

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